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By David O'Neill

Construction for Change – Innovation Through Equality

Recent history, both economic and environmental, has been dramatic to say the least. As external pressures are crushing the fragile recovery being experienced across (…)

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Diversity in Construction

By David O'Neill

As construction continues to rebound from the wider economic damage caused by the pandemic, challenges remain. Resulting from the ongoing supply issues, postponements and (…)

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Skyline Building Blocks

RC Structures — By Joanne Kelter

Superstructure Contractor in New York City New York, New York: port of arrival and emblem of the New World, new beginnings and where dreams (…)

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Just Getting On With It

Hady Construction — By Joanne Kelter

“We’re not hoity-toity or high falutin’,” says Peter Naccarato, the down-to-earth Director of Construction at Hady Construction Associates. This is one of the factors (…)

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The Infrastructure Bill – Construction Waits at...

By David O'Neill

The United States is approaching its tenth month of the Biden Administration and, given the fanfare that surrounded the mission to Build Back Better (…)

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Gimme Shelter

Preservation Services — By Georgie Downes

Roofs are the Cinderella of the architectural world. While facias and facades garner attention and praise, roofs rarely get so much as an honorable (…)

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Built on Family Values

J.C. Steel — By Anthony O'Keeffe

Cindy Adams-Amplo, President of J.C. Steel, sits behind her desk in a large but functional office. Next to her is her husband and the (…)

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In the Trenches Together

Chicago Fire Protection — By David O'Neill

“An overwhelmingly huge part of our successes comes from our employees, and the day to day, hard work that they do and also our (…)

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Construction in the Crucible

JGM — By Dan Scanlon

It requires people of a particular mindset to get excited by the prospect of taking on a fast-track construction project, that if you fail to execute, could result in (…)

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Every Great Piece of Art Needs Its Frame

US Framing — By Aoife Chaney

In North America, where trees are plentiful and lumber remains the dominant material used in new-builds throughout the nation, the construction industry depends heavily (…)

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The People Are the Business

Cooling Tower Maintenance — By Emma Kilcawley Hemani

Founded in 1976, Cooling Tower Maintenance Inc. (CTM) is the largest and oldest independent maintenance and service company for cooling towers in Canada. With (…)

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Bridges to Prosperity

Bridges to Prosperity — By David O'Neill

The construction industry is one that is borne from necessity; a simple equation that has served its customers and the wider world very well (…)

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Tilt-Up’s Northern Exposure

Tilt Wall Ontario — By Dan Scanlon

There are, as they say, many ways to skin a cat. An antiquated aphorism to be sure, but the kernel of truth behind it (…)

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Breaking New Ground With HDPE Pipe

Pipeline Plastics — By Martin Foran

Talking to Mike Leathers, CEO of Pipeline Plastics, (PLP), on the occasion of their tenth anniversary, it’s clear that the organization has come a (…)

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Passionate about Natural Stone

Select Stone Supply — By David O'Neill

“There is a lot to learn about. When you are just buying and selling a product that has been shipped to you; to me (…)

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Family Foundations

Fernandes Masonry — By Dan Scanlon

There’s a general adage when it comes to getting into business with friends and family; maybe think twice. Money has a pernicious ability to wend its way (…)

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Water, Cement, Aggregate and Alchemy

Rainbow Concrete Industries — By Joanne Kelter

The name Rainbow Concrete might strike the casual reader as something of a contradiction in terms. Rainbows always seem to be a colorful source (…)

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The Personal Touch from Big-Thinking Luxton

Luxton Construction — By Martin Foran

You might call it the “sweet spot”. A company that is easy to work with, where the organizational style ensures clients receive that “personal (…)

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Staying Ahead Through Innovation

Ewing Fabricators — By Eric O'Callaghan

For almost all businesses, innovation is key to being successful. This is especially important for Ewing Fabricators, who have continuously pushed themselves to not (…)

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Trusting in Experience

M CON Products — By David O'Neill

The precast concrete market is one where competition is fierce. This is neither a ground-breaking or surprising statement. What may come as a surprise, (…)

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Modernizing Through Stability

OGCA — By David O'Neill

Every aspect of modern society now seems to be striving for greatness,  momentum, and  innovation. From every vantage point, the message is the same: (…)

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Growth Within the Community

Pegah Construction — By Ross Walsh

“At one point we were concerned about having to shut down, but because we were considered essential work we always kept working.” The COVID19 (…)

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Innovative Building Solutions, Ultimately Redefined

Renokrew — By Martin Foran

Renokrew has experienced rapid growth as they take on and continue to complete a series of successful projects, ranging from emergency housing initiatives, women’s (…)

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Bioconstruction – Building the Natural Way

By David O'Neill

In the past number of years, business owners have become ever more accepting of the need for accountability, particularly in the area of emissions (…)

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Building Communities, One Relationship at a Time

Aveiro Constructors — By David O'Neill

The construction world is a thrilling and fast-paced place. Literally and figuratively, it is ground-breaking territory where problem solving and product development can lead (…)

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Passive House – Innovation with Comfort

By David O'Neill

The creative ingredients involved in an external design are manifold. Location and climate, materials and vision; all of these factors combine to form an (…)

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Culture at Massive Scale

BEAR Construction — By Dan Scanlon

The Old Chicago Post Office is a massive building spanning 2.5 million square feet across three city blocks, all of which stood unused and (…)

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A Green Response to the Housing Crisis

By David O'Neill

In March and April of 2020, the US economy lost almost 22 million jobs across all sectors, leaving the unemployment rate at 14.7%. Almost (…)

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Solid Foundations for a Long Lasting Legacy: Respect,...

Shannon Construction — By Joanne Kelter

Among all the hype about technological developments in construction, an important point about how the industry actually works cannot be overstated: it all begins (…)

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Built to Last

Forterra — By Dan Scanlon

Sustainability needs to be more than just a vague goal for a company – it has to become part of its ethos. It is (…)

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Pipe Material Selection Greatly Reduces Excess Soil C...

CCPPA — By Paul Imm, P.Eng

In December 2019, the Province of Ontario announced that they were phasing in a new regulation under the Environmental Protection Act that, in addition (…)

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Simplified Supply Chain Solutions

Command Alkon — By Dan Scanlon

Logistics has long been the Gordian knot of the construction industry. A wild tangle of processes, the inherent complexity of supply chains and their iron-clad importance to every aspect (…)

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The Difference is Creativity

Proform Construction Products — By Dan Scanlon

An abundance of creativity is not necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when describing the attributes of a leading precast concrete manufacturer. (…)

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Making Every Journey

IECS — By Joanne Kelter

In construction, it is often said that the best solutions are the simplest—the most direct and straightforward. According to Vice President Greg Arvai, Ontario (…)

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Answering the Green Question

USGBC — By David O'Neill

The road to improvement is one that comes with many questions. Regardless of the context or topic, self-reflection and planning is a vital component (…)

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Creating History

Plastics Pipe Institute — By David O'Neill

Within certain sectors of the construction industry, there seems to be a resistance to change. Heritage and reputation are hard won commodities and, regardless (…)

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Growth Through Diversity

S3 Precast — By David O'Neill

Changing directions and incorporating new product lines is nothing new in the construction industry, or any other for that matter. Businesses are at the (…)

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Pipeline to Success

NAPF — By Dan Scanlon

Industries develop on unique paths. The story of the United States can, in one way, be told as the story of intrepid people forging (…)

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No Shortcuts

NSG Life Safety — By Joanne Kelter

“We don’t take shortcuts,” says Daniel J. Chauvin because, as he explains, “there are no shortcuts with life safety”. As President of NSG Life (…)

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Ready to Lead Change

Plasson USA — By David O'Neill

Modern markets, particularly those within the construction industry, move at their own pace. Each one dances to its own specific beat, reacting and evolving (…)

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Strength Through Innovation

QuakeWrap — By Ross Walsh

When asked about being awarded Life Member status by the national American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Prof. Mo Ehsani responds jokingly “That just (…)

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Prodigious Projects on the Prairies

Inland Pipe and Ocean Pipe — By Dan Scanlon

The Prairies cover an almost inconceivable stretch of land across Western Canada. At nearly 690,000 square miles, you could fit France inside with some (…)

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Growth with Integrity

Insulated Roofing Contractors — By David O'Neill

In order to be successful, a business must be ready to meet multiple demands from an array of sources. These demands; such as products (…)

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Exoskeletons – Where Science Fiction Meets Construction

By David O'Neill

In an ideal scenario, health and safety would not need to be a consideration in a professional setting. The idea of risking your life, (…)

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Smart Cities

By David O'Neill

While nations are at various stages of what is evidently a non-linear and inequitable recovery, the trajectory is finally, moving forward. After eighteen exhausting (…)